Why we don't offer you a cup of coffee

Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 15/6/2020

Dear All

Life Dental & Wellbeing is now open.

We are not running at full capacity yet as we are phasing our return to the new normal so please be patient if you are struggling to get through to us or waiting to hear back from you about an appointment. As expected, the way we operate will be a bit different but please do be reassured that we will continue to look after you and your oral health in a safe clinical environment.

If you have a dental appointment in the coming weeks we will be contacting you the day before to talk through the appointment procedure and ensure that you are happy to attend.

If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours and we will endeavour to help you, however please be aware that there are some restrictions on the treatments we can undertake during the current Alert Status. Outside normal working hours and at weekends or on Bank Holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you through the Out of Hours service.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ben Pearson and the team 

Who wants to hang out at a dentist?

At Life Dental & Wellbeing we are sometimes asked why we don’t serve coffee in our Patient Lounge. There are a number of reasons:
First and foremost we don’t believe you should have to be waiting long enough to drink a cup of coffee. We try our best to run to time and as much as we love seeing you why would you want to hang out at the Dentist?

Caffeine affects your health

The caffeine in coffee increases your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy so that’s not what you need. Caffeine as a habit decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease. So that’s not a good idea either. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion and heartburn, along with imbalances in your gut flora.

Caffeine can also mess up your serotonin levels which disrupts sleep and promotes anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated and that is something we are trying to help you stop. Coffee shops on almost every corner inspire a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink. Add a biscuit on the side and we wouldn’t be doing you any favours at all would we?

Oh and it stains your teeth!

Surely a glass of chilled water and a satsuma has got to be better for you?

Bryony Gibbons
Bryony Gibbons
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